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Save Columbia, Virginia

$555 of $20k goal

Raised by 11 people in 24 months
Columbia Virginia   COLUMBIA, VA

The Town of Columbia, VA was chartered in 1788 -- before George Washington became the first President of the United States. Columbia is situated on the junction of two of the Commonwealth's major rivers: the James and the Rivanna.


She is Virginia's smallest incorporated Town. Columbia has survived the Colonial Era, the Civil War, and several devasting hurricanes and floods in her 226 years.

 

Unfortunately, a dwindling population and lack of resources threaten the survival of Columbia. The Town Council is considering disincorporation -- which means dissolving the 1788 Charter and absorbing the town into the surrounding county. This is an irreversible process.

 

On August 19th, the Town Council will vote to disincorporate so that the question of dissolving the Charter will be placed for referendum on the ballot this November. 

 

Columbia needs to hear from YOU -- concerned citizens, history lovers, preservationists, and more.  

 

John Smith roamed the lands. Thomas Jefferson dreamed of the canal that was later built here. Marquis de Lafayette dined here. St. Katharine Drexel helped build schools for African Americans here -- and Columbia is home to one of only two shrines to this American Catholic Saint. 

 

Our goal is to raise $20,000 in 20 days to present hope to Town Council on August 19th -- that many in the Commonwealth and beyond want to preserve and save this historic Town.

 

Please donate and share our message of history and preservation! Let's continue to bring hope to the residents of Columbia.

 

Thank you for your support. Find out more about the Foundation at: www.foundationcolumbia.org -- read history, see photos, and more

 

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Update 9
23 months ago
Let's aim to get to $1000 by the end of the weekend!
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Update 8
23 months ago
Do you love history? Can you give $10 to save this historical town? If everyone who shares our story contributed just $10, we can make a difference!
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Update 7
24 months ago
After stopping in Columbia in 1901, St. Katharine Drexel founded a small school which was built adjacent to the St. Joseph's chapel. St. Joseph’s and its school became the center of one of Virginia’s only historically African-American Catholic communities.

Her work among the poor is evident by her Sainthood. We should strive to emulate those virtues and help lift up the Town of Columbia.
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Update 6
24 months ago
Don't forget -- the best way to help is to donate and also SHARE our site, so more people can help too. Thanks to all!
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Rob Byrne
24 months ago

I just moved to Columbia.... What's up with that sign earmarking a substantial amount of money to be used for infrastructure...?

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$555 of $20k goal

Raised by 11 people in 24 months
Created July 30, 2014
Columbia Virginia     COLUMBIA, VA
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$10
Robert J. Smith, III
23 months ago

Best wishes from Richmond!

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MK
$10
Melissa Kenney
24 months ago
$10
Anonymous
24 months ago
$250
Anonymous
24 months ago
DB
$100
David Black
24 months ago
JK
$25
Jonell Kelsey
24 months ago

Go Columbia!

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$10
Anonymous
24 months ago
$10
Anonymous
24 months ago
$10
Anonymous
24 months ago
$20
Anonymous
24 months ago
Rob Byrne
24 months ago

I just moved to Columbia.... What's up with that sign earmarking a substantial amount of money to be used for infrastructure...?

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